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June 12, 2017

If My Name Were James Comey

 

Well, I would likely be very proud and satisfied that my performance before the full Senate Intelligence Committee believing that I came across brilliantly and appeared to be one of the most erudite witnesses ever grilled. I would be proud of defending my propaganda sheet put out before I was even sworn in which was my effort to taint the waters in my favor and put in place the groundwork setting the base for my testimony to back it up and enforce making everything airtight. I would feel assured that my testimony has vindicated my actions referring to reinstating the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation and announcing such publically thus indemnifying me from my earlier allowing myself to be influenced to assist the Clinton campaign language about the FBI investigation being merely a “matter” rather than an investigation. And best of all and my proudest achievement is that I have cemented the investigation by the Special Prosecutor who is going to nail my number one enemy, Donald Trump. All in all, I can now look forward to glowing write-ups in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Chicago Sun Times, the Los Angeles Times as well as the Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde, Libération, and perhaps an amusing poking from Charlie Hebdo to round out the glorious praises I am about to receive. I am simply fascinated with myself and my performance, I was at my absolute best which nobody can deny and made poignant points which will be unassailable. About the only thing missing, and I have not yet given up on this, and that is a ticker-tape parade down Fifth Avenue in New York just like the astronauts who landed on the Moon received upon their release from quarantine. I love me.

 

James Comey

James Comey

 

Now I have to make a confession, my name is not James Comey. Mr. Comey may be pleased with his performance and believe his acting made his act even better and he might even be expecting an Oscar, but the reality is not as shining. The first hint that there may be some holes and dents in his testimony was that both Democrats and Republicans are claiming victory. That is a problem because he likely was hoping for the Democrats to be throwing wild parties in celebration and the Republicans preparing for the burial of Donald Trump after his execution for inexcusable crimes. The big glaring hole was his admitting that he had told President Trump three times that he was not under investigation for anything in reference to the Russian story. This was one statement by President Trump which the Democrats claimed was a bald-faced lie and that this was proof positive that Donald Trump is a rogue. Honestly, is anybody actually debating whether or not Donald Trump is a rogue? I thought even the most ardent Trump supporters had granted that even before the election still claiming that he was their rogue and was going to fulfill their greatest desires and undo Washington D.C. and untangle the Gordian Knot that is the Washington bureaucracy. So, what else can we say about the most talked about testimony which some almost compared to the second coming (first coming for our Jewish friends) and possibly another grand Buddha or other visionary before the event left everybody less than satisfied.

 

There was the obstruction of justice hoped for claims against President Trump. Well, James Comey already did the damage of initiating a Special Prosecutor to be put on the scent to chase down President Trump and place him in the box and Impeachment. Granted, a Special Prosecutor almost guarantees that something untoward will be found, inflated to the size of a conspiracy, brought to the left’s attention who will then demand Impeachment be brought so there can be a trial in the Senate. They might even threaten that should the Republicans obstruct their honorable scrutiny of President Trump and finding this gem of a charge that President Trump is most guilty of having committed and thus must be placed on trial and if not under Impeachment, then they will demand the calling of a grand jury to bring criminal charges into a court of law which will force an Impeachment once Trump is found guilty. Don’t ask what President Trump is guilty of as the Special Prosecutor has yet to find that tiny morsel laying in some obscure corner. The one thing for sure is it will have to do with Putin, Russia and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. This will go along painfully slow and the Democrat leftists will use any and all of anything found, inferred or invented to prevent the Congress from actually performing their jobs such as reforming the disaster that is the healthcare insurance industry which is being deconstructed one company at a time or revising the tax structure such that businesses can actually do business, especially small businesses which employ the vast majority of Americans.

 

There is a person who should start shopping for a good criminal lawyer who specializes in Federal charges of obstruction of justice and interfering with an active investigation of a felonious criminal activity. This person is former Attorney General Loretta Lynch whose insistence that James Comey as Director of the FBI refer to the criminal investigation into the use of an unsecured private e-mail server in her home by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thus breaking every security protocol of the State Department as a mere “matter” just as the Clinton campaign was referring to the investigation in efforts to lessen its severity and lessen its impact on the electorate. This entire effort obviously failed, as the people are not the fools the Clinton campaign believed them to be, or at least the people in fly-over country are not the ignorant yahoos as the Clinton campaign thought the “deplorables” to be. When Comey told about being pressured by Attorney General Loretta Lynch to lessen the language and camouflage the severity of the potential charges being scrutinized by the FBI, this was direct interference with an ongoing FBI investigation by having the Director of the FBI charged with lying to the public, to Congress, to the world about an investigation by his superior in the Department of Justice. That is a Cabinet of the President level of leaning on a subordinate to alter facts in order to influence an election, and not just any election but a Presidential election. The fact that James Comey came out right before the election, some would claim at the worst possible time, with the truth, the reality, that the e-mail “matter” was actually an honest to goodness investigation, just as everyone backing Hillary Clinton feared most and were in an all-out effort to minimize the impact of this specific “matter”, this event, this thing of little importance, and Comey felt he had to come clean before the election fearing otherwise facing real problems should Trump win, something which was becoming a possibility as the gap was closing.

 

Then there is the small matter that President Trump committed Obstruction of Justice by leaning on the FBI director when he made the request that Mr. Comey might find a way to go easy on Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (ret.) and fired Presidential Security Advisor. Find your way to go easy is not demanding that the FBI end their investigation and at worst is a request that you raise the standard for bringing charges such that you only do so if the evidence is conclusive and guarantees a guilty verdict. Comey even stated that he was not deterred from continuing with the investigation and that Trump’s wishing was completely inconsequential, just as it should have been. But expect the Trump disruptors to continue claiming that this is the smoking gun of President Trump’s guilt of Obstruction of Justice charges and this is definitely an Impeachable level offense. They will claim that this is so flagrant that there is no need for the Special Prosecutor to look into this and there need not be charges of Impeachment or even a trial by the Senate, this is so flagrant that President Trump should have resigned before the Inauguration, this is how horrid his actions, all his actions, everyone has been from even before the election. Oh, and let us not forget the undeniable Trump criminal ignorance and proof of his mental instability, the ultimate proof of Donald Trump’s unsuitability to hold the office of President, “covfefe,” the ultimate proof.

 

Then there is the most wonderful of all things, James Comey has stated that President Donald Trump is a liar, a lot! You have to understand, Comey means a liar as in incapable of knowing truth from the fictions of his mind. We’re talking liar as in not knowing reality from the visions he has in his most paranoid moments. This also shows how Donald Trump is completely unsuited to be President of the United States. The nation has to realize the problem with the last election and repair the damage and put the only candidate who is incapable of lying into the Oval Office, the candidate who won the popular vote because to heck with the Constitution, it should be what we claim it should be and Hillary won and that’s that. Never mind the Republican witch-hunts which their hunting of Hillary resembled the McCarthy era hunt for Communists. No politician ever has been subjected to such indignities and Donald Trump has been permitted to get away with everything he desires. He is a virtual dictator and it is doubtful we will ever see another election if he is not stopped and Hillary granted what is rightfully hers. We must save the nation from the devil now pretending to be President before he ruins the nation and everything wonderful accomplished by President Obama. Who cares if Comey came up empty, we know there is something there if only the right person would investigate. We have our Special Prosecutor who just might find the smoking gun about the Russian collusion with Trump to steal the White House from Queen Hillary; I mean the honorable Hillary Clinton and former First Lady, Senator from New York (carpetbagger) and Secretary of State. What are President Trump’s qualifications? His failed real estate ventures, his failed fake school, everything he touches fails and this is what he will bring to the government and the country unless he is stopped and replaced by somebody honorable, and that removes that Pence religious and bigoted fanatic from being given the Presidency. The only person in all of the United States who is ready, willing and capable of executing the office of the Presidency with credible and honorable actions is, obviously, Hillary Clinton. She has to replace that liar in chief Donald Trump so we will have a President who knows how to tell the truth and has never been caught in any lie.

 

Then there are the highlights we found as reported by New York Times from the Comey testimony. We will report their findings verbatim placing them within quotes as well as bolded and italicized. “James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, testified that President Trump and others in his administration lied when they said agents had lost confidence in Mr. Comey.” Reworded, the FBI agents love me and think I was the most wonderful of all directors ever placed over their department. They will be in a state of mourning for weeks, months maybe, now that the most evil “Supreme Commander of the Imperial Forces” Donald Trump has destroyed the FBI and its ability to function with my dismissal.

 

Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Mr. Comey said, referring to Mr. Trump’s suggestion that he may have recorded their conversations.” While in his head there is the fear that maybe there are tapes and it was not just empty rhetoric, Comey prays that the two or three exaggerations he has allowed himself will be revealed and this will place everything he has said in testimony in question. Tapes, he is thinking, could be his vindication or his immediate downfall.

 

Mr. Comey revealed for the first time that he turned over memos about his conversations with Mr. Trump to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.” This revelation was likely made just in case there are tapes and this comes out making him look particularly bad. Either way, this does make him look like a petty, little man looking to aggrandize himself using privileged information leaking it to the media in an attempt to bring down the man he despises. These leaks were a maneuver to ruin the President before he could fire Comey. The fact that Comey did not make notes when working under President Bush or President Obama or when dealing with Secretary of State Clinton or Attorney General Loretta Lynch but only with President Trump was because of his claim that he only suspected Trump of lying. One has to wonder what was the real motivation to do such and the leaking of information was done as a means to an end, the destruction of this Liar in Chief who Comey, along with so many other of the progressive left, believes is a fraud who does not deserve nor has he earned the right to represent the United States or even those who elected him because if those who voted for Trump knew him as Comey does, they would not have voted for him but had voted for the rightful person, Hillary, the person deserving of the Presidency.

 

The problem with former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, and we could cherry pick some more of the more choice extracts, but each side has what they need and we all know that everything has two sides these days, but the problem was much of it seemed to be an apology for his perceived difficulties and vindictiveness against President Trump. It was difficult sometimes to tell if he desired Hillary either or if he simply was like many Americans who thought the choices in this past election was choosing the lesser of two very different evils, one who desired power too much and one too frivolous to give that power to. The anger over the past election stems strongly from the fact that the two choices were each so poor of choices that neither candidate appeared to have been anywhere near the best either party could have posted, but these were the choices. When one looked down the slate of Republican challengers, what were there, seventeen of them, and which would have been a better choice? Jeb Bush, not what the people wanted and thus dead from the start. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Lindsey Graham, Scott Walker, and Rick Perry for some but not mainstream enough or they were too mainstream. Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson had the appeal and would have won and been good candidates all the way through the Republican Convention but as soon as the real campaign began, they would have been destroyed.

 

The Republicans could never have won the Presidency with their regular candidates and none of the unconventional candidates had any possibility of standing against the Democrat machine and the Clinton campaign strategists but the person chosen had something going for him that the others could never have matched, he was just crazy enough to be completely outside convention and run a campaign which would withstand any regular rules and campaign in such a manner as to withstand even the most vicious of attacks from even the Clintons. Then again, Hillary could beat Donald Trump, thump him actually, under all regular rules, under any normative election, but this was something different, an event, a thing, something the historians will puzzle about and debate whether it was the correct path or did the United States run off the tracks. This was really the political event of the century, maybe of the millennium. There has not been a political event of this magnitude since, well, since the assassination of Caesar. The people of the United States were in a different and more extreme state than were the British when they voted BREXIT and they displayed their displeasure with everything political. The initial retort to the regular political elites and the less mainstream politicals, simply because they were political, was that the voting public wanted something new, real and actually standing for the ideals they support. That left one candidate who the angered body politic who does the electing, especially the people who normally are taken for granted as they live in the less urban regions of the nation, the presumed uneducated and less refined and those taken for granted as being of insufficient numbers and power to have any influence over Presidential elections, could support. Well, they were sufficiently aroused to speak loudly and clearly, no political games and no political candidate who claimed to be the same old mainstream political operative. The Democrats said it with their, “I’m with Bernie.” The Republicans said it with Donald Trump. The Democrats stifled their little voices and the Republicans allowed theirs to scream loud and clear, “Not the same old political games.” The Democrats destroyed their chance at a revolutionary candidate and the Republicans tried something very different, something far from the John McCain or Mitt Romney this time again. Then the people, in a close race, chose the non-politician over the consummate politician. Comey likes the political game and President Trump challenged the status quo, all of the status quo, so Comey worked to remove what he saw as an impostor. He will fail just as he failed to withstand the pressure from the Clinton camp to tailor his language to match the campaign.

 

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March 21, 2016

Candidate Videos We Will All See in the Fall Election

 

Come this fall there will be only three or four candidates for President on many ballots. There will be the Green Party and the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party and we will likely see absolutely nothing from these candidates unless they make the most astounding stupid or ludicrous remarks. The media uses them as comic relief but why should these outlier parties get all the humorous spots.

 

 

Election Headlines

Election Headlines

 

 

I figured we may as well start with the one guaranteed video we will see ad nauseum should, as expected, Hillary Clinton be the Democrat candidate for President. This will be the main driving video from every Super Pac backing the Republicans guaranteed.

 

 

 

 

Then there is the great video that Ted Cruz has left the Democrats which actually might soften his image and make him somewhat more attractive to many voters. You know which kind, the ones who will vote for somebody because nobody can be that insane but just in case Ted Cruz is that far beyond the cusp they will have to elect him hoping to get more of the same as in this video.

 

 

 

 

OK, those were ridiculous but they are exactly what is deserved in the coming elections as from all indications these elections appear to be more like electing a senior class president and not the leader of the greatest (presumably) nation on the planet. Still, we will actually, and hopefully, need to use actual positions of the candidates and we may as well begin early. First let us take a gander at Bernie “Feel the Bern” Sanders in an interview with Charlie Rose where he is asked about taxes and redistribution of wealth. The only warning we can give as commentary is that should Bernie actually be elected and try this, the United States would face the greatest movement of wealth beyond the borders ever even imagined in the worst case scenario as that is what this would pose.

 

 

 

 

Then there is “The Donald” Trump who has been evasive and his web site is only marginally more informative. The worst explanation of a position was his claim that he was the Grand Marshal of the New York Israel Day Parade. So, Donald Trump donated the most funding one year and got to ride in a convertible wearing a really nice velvet sash with an attractive young woman on either side as a reward for his contributing the most funds. So, what was Donald Trump’s answer to a direct question about the Arab-Israeli or Palestinian-Israel peace problem which has stymied every President since Truman in 1948 through President Obama currently. What words of wisdom or evasion did we get? Let’s look and listen.

 

 

 

 

Ted Cruz claims that he separates his politics from his religion and vice-versa. That was not exactly his position stated when speaking to what he considered a friendly audience. Whether the United States is a Christian or Judeo-Christian nation is debatable. There are those in Islam who claim that their religion was the basis for the United States founding principles and the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Ted Cruz laments in this interview that the Christian vote should in greater percentage than the approximately half registered but remaining home on Election Day. This, he claims, would alter the face and nature of the United States in this interview which follows.

 

 

 

 

Then there is Hillary Clinton whose hope is you will ignore all her negatives and concentrate on her positives. This may prove to be a hard sell but such would not be something beyond her audacity or deceptions which she would be sure to use. There would be Bill Clinton aiding any deception necessary as should she lose it, still Hillary will need a better answer on why she should be trusted beyond any FBI investigation. This clip gives straightforward examples of the real Hillary and campaign Hillary and never the twain shall meet.

 

 

 

 

There is a treasure-trove of videos available on line and all one need do is type the subject in at You Tube or any search engine and a virtual cornucopia under each candidate and covering a plethora of interesting items mixed in with even more trivia all of which show off the candidates in any form and forum desired. We hope everyone enjoyed our sampler package. Perhaps we can share some more videos once we are down to the wire with just the few candidates left standing for election as the President of the United States.

 

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April 3, 2013

Politicians are like Dogs but with Different Motivations

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Often it is claimed that politicians are difficult to figure out, but is that really true? I would have to claim that politicians are very much like dogs and just as there are different personalities and actions with dogs, there are the same differences among politicians and they can be comparable. So, let’s try and see how dogs and politicians of different stripes are similar except for different reasons and motivations. First we will compare some general similarities and then look at the different types. Have you ever watched a dog when it is first released in a new environment? They immediately run wildly in all directions sniffing everything to get an idea what is where and make a general sniff map categorizing areas with interesting aromas that will require more intent sniffing in the future once the general idea has been absorbed. A politician is the same way when loosed into a new environment. They run around and greet and shake the hand of every person making sure to meet, greet and get the flavor of each person. Somehow politicians, simply by a moment of inane small-talk, can discern which people in the room have money and judge the relative ease with which some of that money can be garnered into their campaign chest. Those people are kept in their memory for a more intense conversation after the room has been sampled. While there are different personalities among dogs, hold a treat in front of any dog and they become attentive and responsive doing whatever they think you might desire of them in order to get the treat. Once they get the treat they run off and ignore you until you again become an item of interest. Hold out campaign contributions and a politician will say exactly what you want to hear and sympathize with your every interest and do their political equivalent of sit up and beg until they get the funding after which they run off looking for the next contributor. Should you ever mention contributing again, the politicians will sit up and return to their attentive act. Dogs will leave a mess all over the area in which they reside with little embarrassment. Do I even have to point out that politicians leave a mess in their wake making a mess out of everything they touch? I did not think so. For every action which is fairly universal among dogs have a similar action that is true of the vast majority of politicians. Dogs nuzzle your hand to get you to stroke them. Politicians nudge you to get you to stoke their campaign chests. Dogs will appear excited and absolutely wildly beside themselves joyous when they see their masters and other known humans who often have paid attentions and stroked them or played with them. Politicians react exactly the same way though it is disturbing when they try to wag their tails when they are in the company of contributors, especially large contributors. Dogs will bark as a response to everything. Politicians will allocate money as a response to everything. Dogs will behave very properly when you are watching them closely. The same is true with politicians. Dogs will act true to their nature and get into everything and eat anything tasty when not being watched. Politicians will get into regulating everything if not watched carefully and will find a way to make money or place their name on every structure when left to their own devices. But what about the different personalities and traits with dogs, do politicians have their own equivalent types?

 

Many dogs are constantly happy just wagging their tails and squirming with endless energy. There are politicians who have a big smile plastered on their faces all of the time and are constantly happy and seem to have endless energies that somehow makes them attractive and seem to be positive people. Some dogs growl at anything which tries to take away their bone or favorite toy. Challenge a politician by running against them for their position and you will see more than you ever wished for of growling and bared teeth, just in a more civilized and hidden manner, but the rage will be evident. Some dogs just have to chase cars. Some politicians just have to chase after causes. A good example would be former Vice President Gore and global warming. Some dogs are lazy lay around type who hardly ever gets motivated to do much of anything and only seem to move when absolutely necessary like to go out or eat and drink.. They resemble politicians who represent gerrymandered districts that are so safe they do not even need to ever campaign as their seat is guaranteed for life so they simply go through the motions with as little effort as is demanded. Dogs often run in packs. Politicians have a similar activity that they call a junket where they go in a group usually to some very nice location where they need to study something presumably important. Dogs have been known to bark at nothing with absolutely no reason. Politicians do the same and they call it making an important speech about something that they wish people to believe they feel as strongly about as those they are speaking to feel. Just as dogs come in varying sizes, habits and personalities just as do politicians and just as dogs can be trained by reward and denial, so can politicians be trained or rather forced to do what is presumably their real reason for being, serving the people. Unfortunately the people rarely gather in force to push the politicians but when they really care the politicians will respond. They can be made to heel, sit, beg, and even bark on command if you can prove to them that you control the one item they will do almost anything to attain, sufficient voters supporting the idea to keep or remove them from their cushy office. That is the best treat which gets any politicians attention and is the only answer to outbid all the monies that the special interests offer. Votes are the large meaty fresh soup bone and money the big dog treat and guess which one will make the politician sit up and beg for fastest.

 

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